As a girl troubled by rosacea, I used to believe that blush is something that doesn’t belong in my makeup dictionary. As an optimistic individual, I tried to think that rosacea is a “natural blush” given to me by birth- I still think that, occasionally- when they stay calm. But when the redness turns into a curse once they start crawling onto my chin and expand its territory onto other areas of my face. Thank goodness for corrective makeup (right!?)
If I can appreciate blush in its beauty – you can too!
Before any makeup, my skin tone is uneven. I have hyper-pigmentation on the sides of my nose, corners of mouth, plus blemish on my cheeks (pointed out by arrows). Then, apply toner to the face before you do anything else- a ritual cleanse to get rid of excess oil or dust from the air (hehehe, did you think I would say primer? That was a trick question- just for fun).
Use a moisturizer to make sure your skin is supple to the touch (wait about 2-3 minutes before using any base makeup) then whip out your green primer.
If you have blemishes and redness- use green. If you are concerned with a yellow-ish skin tone and just want to brighten up- use blue primer.
I use the liquid primer on the entire face, then I brushed a sheer layer of foundation on top. You can see that my complexion is much more even and there’s a subtle radiance.
After liquid foundation + concealor, we are ready for setting our makeup! Because I have combination skin, I prefer using loose powder more than anything.
Compact powder is more for oily skin type- so that your face doesn’t become shiny too soon. But for dry skin and combination skin ladies, a loose powder holds our makeup better.
I use puff rather than brushes. Just pour some onto a tissue paper, then press the puff into the powder. Then fold it in half and squeeze lightly (as shown below) to ensure the powder is evenly distributed.
Pat the puff gently o n your face. The evenly distributed powder helps us from looking too “dry” or “cakey” or “powdery” and allows the radiance to still show through.
Then we are ready for our sun-kissed look 🙂
Whip out your coral blush or orange-pink blush.
I chose Nars Deep Throat show here.
It’s not easy to master Nars blushes because it’s highly pigmented so it’s worth every penny we paid for! A tiny bit goes a long long long way- I think it’s a brilliant business strategy so we can pass down to our daughters LOL and the Nars legend carries on.
Dab lightly and dust off the brush onto your wrist to ensure the hair did not pick up too much colour.
Do a light smile to find your cheeckbone, then brush upward for a lifter look (pic on the left) do not be fooled into thinking that I will just stop here (smile) the blush needs to have a “melted into the skin” look rather than just looking like I used blush LOL
The arroa points out the colour separation here and that’s the point we need to focus on.
Use a highlight colour that contains a similar pigment colour to the one we’ve just used- if you had used a coral blush, you need a highlight colour with some orange in it. This is the time when we say thank-you to ourselves for being makeup shopaholic LOL we rock!
Use the highlight colour and apply in it on the “separation line” then blend it toward the blush.
I personally like to highly the “c” area around my brow bone so I will apply a bit of highlight there as well (at the tail of the brow).
Then we are done!!! Phew~
The photos are all taken at the same setting and I tried to control the light (but nature won’t let me) there’s no fixing or smoothing effect in these photos so they can showcase the real effect.
My cheeks look more supple, no sallowness.
The coral blush seem like natural cheek colour showing through my skin.
When the light hits, the highlighted areas become the focus- the skin appear more plumped and supple.
Oh yes, that’s the makeup effect we want- natural, sheer, beautiful, irreplaceable.
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